DCAN Update | June 9, 2020
Connecting with DCAN this summer.
Dear Colleagues:

We're happy to announce that our Executive Director Ashley Johnson will be on maternity leave into July - congratulations, Ashley!

During that time, I am honored to serve DCAN as Acting Executive Director . If I haven't had the opportunity to meet you, please let me introduce myself...

In my current capacity as DCAN Strategic Director, I have a deep passion to ensure that kids with backgrounds similar to my own are equipped to be successful in the endeavors that they face. I earned my bachelors’ degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy in Political Science/Legal Administration and Business Administration, and received a master’s degree in Educational Psychology with a focus on student development at Wayne State University. Prior to my work at DCAN, I worked in higher education financial aid and served as an education consultant/program developer for schools and nonprofits. I was born, raised and educated in Detroit as a low-income, 1st generation student and believe I am doing heart work here in my community.

I'd also like you to understand DCAN staff responsibilities and provide you with contact information for our team (provided by link in each name):

  • Onjila Odeneal:
  • College Bound Fellows
  • Organization-based support/partnership lead
  • School-based personnel training
  • Regional summer support initiatives DCAN lead
  • Active partner liaison
  • Patrick Cornelius:
  • College Bound Michigan Initiatives DCAN support
  • Skilled Trade and Career Pathways
  • Social media and communications
  • College Match tool
  • DCAN data
  • Rachel D'Alio:
  • Future partner liaison
  • DCAN initiative logistics
  • Citywide/regional training support
  • Social media and communications support
  • Justin Hudson:
  • SAT/Score Your Four
  • Get Schooled
  • Summer student support workshops
  • Student/organization outreach  
  • Ashley Lane:
  • College Bound Michigan initiatives DCAN lead
  • Detroit School’s support/partnerships
  • Summer student advising
  • Citywide student virtual initiatives

Please read on to learn about:
  • Virtual Decision Day, this Friday, June 12
  • Metro Parent virtual graduation deadline extended to June 12
  • Summer student support updates
  • Employment opportunities

With thanks,

Onjila Odeneal
Acting Executive Director, DCAN
Join us on Facebook Live on Friday, June 12 at 1 p.m.
for College Decision Day!

Please be sure to share the Facebook link and graphic with your school's or organization's social media to encourage your students to participate.

Students can still register here !
Seniors, parents, families, mentors, etc.: Submit senior photos and notes of congratulations to the Class of 2020 virtual commencement celebration.
Salute your senior photo submissions: 

Valedictorians and school administrators: Share a video from your school's valedictorian and administrator for our Detroit schools' virtual commencement celebration.

Salute your senior video submissions:  

Now due Friday, June 12!
Summer Access Coaches: Deadline June 16
Access Coaches will support students with next steps to successfully enroll and/or prepare for college. We are seeking at least 1 current DPSCD employee and 1 current charter school employee. Positions are telework. If interested, please email me your resume to  oodeneal@detroitcan.org

2020-2021 AmeriCorps VISTAs
As a VISTA serving with DCAN you will help expand its outreach efforts into Detroit schools through various events and initiatives. Job postings available here and here .

College Advisers: Advise MI & MSUCAC
CONNECT: Detroit College Access Network